A review into the intersection where the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash occurred this past April killing 16 and injuring 13 others has been completed with 13 recommendations being made.
The Ministry of Justice asked for an independent safety review of the site with the review looking at many things including traffic volumes and collision data. It was designed to find any deficiencies at the intersection and recommend ways to lower the risks of other accidents.
The report shows 54 percent of collisions at the site involved trucks even though trucks only represented 19 percent of vehicles passing through Highway 35 and 335.
The recommendations include:
–Installing “Stop”and “Stop Ahead” pavement markings
–Removing Trees on private property
–Build new roadside memorial access road
–Removal of gravel road
–Installing breakaway bases on railway signal signs
–Installing breakaway bases on light standards
–Adding rumble strips on Highway 335 approaches
–Installing larger “Stop” and “Stop Ahead” signs
–Painting a solid centre line on Highway 35 and Highway 335
–Realigning grain elevator access to Highway 335
–Widening highway shoulders
–Realigning power lines
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure will implement all 13 recommendations, reconfirming the previous government commitment to implement all recommendations resulting from the review.
Deputy Minister Fred Antunes spoke about the addition of rumble strips, and said it will make the intersection safer.
The rumble strips on highway 335, the way that #335 is constructed right now can’t be installed,” Antunes said. “So the ministry will be paving about 300-500 metres on either side of #335 next summer, and then we will be installing the rumble strips at that time, so we will be doing the rumble strips next summer.”
Antunes said crews are already working quickly on the intersection improvements.
“The recommendations on the pavement marking, as we speak (Wednesday), our crews are out on #335 installing the ‘stop ahead’ and ‘stop’ signs on the pavement marking that they are recommended,” Antunes said. “We plan to change the centre-line striping (Thursday) if the weather permits.”
Antunes said there will also be consultations with the City of Humboldt to create a safer access to the memorial site.
“The access is a little close to the intersection,” Antunes said. “The road side memorial may be at that location, we prefer the access be at a different location, so that’s one of the things we’d like to do is work with them on what’s a suitable access point so it is a safe access to the memorial site.”
The driver of the semi-truck, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, is facing 29 total charges in the crash, 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death, and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
He is scheduled to appear in court again December 18